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Cal Women’s Basketball Schedules 4-Game Series with UConn

Strength of schedule: increased

Asha Thomas and the Bears will have a challenge on their hands next season.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cal women’s basketball program has agreed to play four games against the University of Connecticut Huskies, the first of which will occur next season. That will be a road tilt for the Bears, who take on the daunting task of facing a team that has currently won 99 straight contests.

UConn’s incredible streak began in the fall of 2014, and the program has won four consecutive NCAA championships. In the meantime, the Huskies have vaulted past the men’s record of 88 set by the 1970-74 UCLA Bruins. Every win now only serves to increase the women’s all-time record. UConn also held the previous women’s mark of 90, which was set back in 2011.

All of this aside, I can see the logic on Cal’s end. Playing against Connecticut should bring extra exposure to women’s basketball in Berkeley. That may well help coach Lindsay Gottlieb and the Bears in terms of recruiting efforts. UConn’s Geno Auriemma is a master recruiter and a no-nonsense coach, but the Huskies’ roster will change over the course of this agreement just like Cal’s will.